Global confidence in U.S. leadership under Trump at new low, poll finds

Trump's approval rating after his first year in office is about 39 percent, according to a new poll out of Emerson College Polling Society (and his first-year approval record was the worst of the most recent seven presidents, according to Gallup).

Disapproval of USA leadership rose to a median of 43 percent, up 15 percentage points from 2016, which was also a record, according to Gallup. The biggest regional drop came in the Americas, where the image of US leadership sank from a 49 percent approval rate in 2016 to 24 percent a year ago.

President Trump's first approval rating of his presidency was 40 percent, which ticked up to 43 percent in April after the U.S.

Disapproval of US leadership, meanwhile, soared, increasing by 15 points from 2016 to 2017 and notching the highest mark - 43 percent - for any of the four major global powers surveyed over the past decade.

Likewise, his job approval rating of 38 percent marked the sixth straight month in which fewer than four in 10 voters supported Trump's performance in office.

In fact, there are plenty of signs of a surging economy, and public opinion polls show growing support for Trump's handling of it and even a bump up in support for the tax bill, which many voters saw initially as too favorable to the wealthy. The United States was one point behind China and only three points ahead of Russia's approval rating.

United States President Donald Trump's overall approval rating is plumbing depths he'd rather not tweet about, but his conservative base remains firmly on side. Gallup asked about 1,000 people in 134 countries whether they approved of American, German, Chinese, and Russian leadership.

Despite Trump paying nearly no attention to Africa, America's backing in the continent has stayed strong, with 51% supporting American leadership, compared to 20% disapproving.

Africa as a whole remained the bright spot for USA leadership approval, as it has been for the past decade.

The U.S. made a number of major worldwide moves in the first year of Trump's presidency.

"Believe it or not, through all this negative coverage, they did a survey of 600,000 people about how black America views this president". And the numbers who say that "having Donald Trump as President makes them pessimistic" are higher today than they were one year ago.

Approval of US leadership plunged in every country in the region in 2017.

Supporters of the opposition party are by nature less likely to approve of the sitting president, but Democrats living in Trump's America are taking his approvals to lows not seen in recent United States history. In Asia, approval dropped to 30%, tying the previous low that Gallup measured during the Bush administration. Between 2016 and 2017, the portion of the world that approved of US leadership fell 18 points. The study's margin of sampling error ranges from 2 to 5.1 percentage points with a confidence level of 95 percent.

The US has long had a preference for promoting capitalism over democracy - as we are now seeing in Central America, most recently in Honduras - but Trump has unabashedly advanced a policy of openly promoting "strongmen".

  • Leroy Wright